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Federal Lawsuit: FBI Agents Used Excessive Force with 3 Children in Drug Raid

courtroomBy Steve Neavling

A federal lawsuit accuses FBI agents of using excessive force during a drug raid at a New Mexican trailer where three children were sleeping, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

According to the suit, FBI agents blew open the front door with a stun grenade, causing shrapnel to strike a 10-year-old boy in the head and shoulder. A 12-year-old girl was forced to walk outside on glass, cutting her feet. All three children, including the 9-year-old, were emotionally traumatized, the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces alleges.

The May 2013 raid was part of a pre-dawn bust of 22 suspected drug and gun dealers.

The FBI declined to comment on pending litigation.

Bar Fight Tied to FBI Investigation of City Hall Corruption in Allentown, Pa.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

By Steve Neavling

It’s getting a little steamy in Allentown, Pa., where the FBI has opened a city hall investigation.

Now the president of the Leigh Valley Building Trades Council has been charged with attacking a man he believes alerted the FBI to corruption in Allentown, the Morning Call reports. 

James Edward Reilley, 57, was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct following the alleged incident on Sept. 1.

Reilley shut down his political consulting firm on July 2, the day when FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall in search of contracts and other related documents.

The man he allegedly attacked was Brendan Hansbury, the brother-in-law of Mike Fleck, who had served as campaign manager to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Allentown City Hall Raided by FBI After Mayor Patted Down Campaign Manager for Wire

Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Mayor Ed Pawlowski

By Steve Neavling

The FBI’s search of Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania came just after an awkward moment between Mayor Ed Pawlowski and his campaign manager and best friend, Mike Fleck.

The Allentown Morning Call reports that Pawlowski patted down Fleck in an elevator, wondering whether he had been recording him. Hours later, FBI agents descended on City Hall offices as part of an investigation into the potential pay-to-pay politics.

Turns out, Fleck was had been recording the major for months for the FBI.

“Sometimes I think Ed is hurt as much by the fact that his best friend turned on him as he is that people think he’s done something illegal,” said Alan Jennings, a nonprofit director who sits on the city’s arena authority and works closely with the mayor. “He’s hurt and his faith in the system is shaken. He’s called it a living hell.”

Now a grand jury is investigating the mayor and reviewing more than 250,000 page s of city documents obtained by authorities in the past two months.

FBI Raids Palm Springs City Hall, Visits Mayor’s House in Corruption Probe

Palm Springs, Calif./Wikipedia

Palm Springs, Calif./Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

A corruption investigation prompted the FBI and local authorities to raid Palm Springs City Hall, Calif., and visited the mayor’s home on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. 

The agents shut down city hall, and a Palm Springs attorney said employees cooperating with agents.

The FBI also went to the home of Mayor Steve Pougnet but there was no answer at the door.

“I am happy to cooperate with the inquiry going on at City Hall, just as I have always been fully cooperative and open in all of my many years as an elected official in Palm Springs,” the mayor said in a statement. “I have complete confidence that our City Council, city manager, city attorney and city staff will do everything they can to cooperate by ensuring that this process will be as swift and as thorough as possible.”

The FBI declined to comment on the investigation.

Subway Breaks Ties with Jared Fogle Following Child-Porn Investigation

Jared Fogle

Jared Fogle

By Steve Neavling

Subway has ended its 15-year relationship with its pitchman Jared Fogle following an FBI raid at his Indiana home.

The investigation of Fogle is centered around child pornography accusations, just two months after his friend was arrested on charges of possessing hundreds of vile videos, the New York Daily News reports. 

Subway immediately scrubbed its website of Fogle’s presence.

Fogle’s attorney said his client is cooperating and has not been charged with a crime.

Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,” the company announced.

Updated: South Carolina Man Who Shot DEA Agent Sentenced to 8 Years

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Update: Monday, 2:54 p.m. —   Orangeburg County resident Joel Robinson, who shot and wounded a DEA agent during a surprise pre-dawn drug raid outside his home last fall, was sentenced in Columbia, S.C. Monday to eight years in prison, The State newspaper reported.

The paper reports that there was a courtroom full of law enforcement officer during the sentencing.

By Steve Neavling

A South Carolina man is expected to be sentenced to prison today after shooting and wounding a DEA agent during a drug raid at the suspect’s house.

The State reports that Joel Robinson will likely receive 8 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

The 33-year-old had faced up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss most of the charges against Robinson if he pleaded guilty to shooting DEA Agent Barry Wilson.

No drugs were found.

Wilson said he thought the raid was a break-in.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Agents in Hazmat Suits Raid Chicago-Area Businesses in Body Parts Probe

By Steve Neavling 

FBI agents raided a crematorium and office building in suburban Chicago as part of what appears to be an investigation into the illegal sale and trafficking of human body parts, FOX 32 reports.

Agents cordoned off the areas with yellow tape while some of them donned hazmat suits.

The FBI declined to comment other than to say there is an investigation.

Detroit’s FBI office is leading the case after raiding the business of a former University of Michigan professor accused of being involved in the illegal trade of body parts. That case is linked to other across the country.


Gambling Case Postponed While Judge Decides Wether FBI Overstepped Authority

By Steve Neavling 

A federal judge has postponed an illegal Internet gambling trial to determine whether FBI agents went beyond the law when they entered Las Vegas hotel suites without a warrant and obtained information from the computers of the suspects, the Associated Press reports.

The Jan. 12 trial date was vacated pending a ruling on the warrantless search.

U.S. Magistrate Juge Peggy Leen said she expects to decide soon whether the rights of Wei Seng Phua and his son Darren Kit Phua were violated.

Defense attorneys argued the case she be tossed out because agents had no right to pose as repairman to fix bogus Internet problems.